Weekly Geeky Question #49: Disappointing Story Payoffs

Well, it’s Weekly Geeky Question time, and we’re up to Week #49–with the end of 2018 approaching more rapidly than any of us are prepared to deal with.   My Friend Rod is back with another question, and this time it’s about one of my favorite things, which is story structure.  What Rod wants to know is,,,

What are some of the most disappointing story payoff’s that I have ever seen?

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Weekly Geeky Question #45: Revisiting & Revising “Lost” (Season 6)

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #45, and the question has taken me three weeks to answer, with an absurd number of words.

How would I have done things if I’d been charge of the last three seasons of Lost?

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Weekly Geeky Question #44: Revisiting & Revising “Lost” (Season 5)

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #44, and the question has taken me into a deep pit of dredging up old memories best forgotten, so I could answer it effectively:

How would I have done things if I’d been charge of the last three seasons of Lost?

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Weekly Geeky Question #43: Revisiting & Revising “Lost” (Season 4)

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #43, and the question has taken me into a deep pit of dredging up old memories best forgotten, so I could answer it effectively:

How would I have done things if I’d been charge of the last three seasons of Lost?

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Very Small Lists that are still Suprisingly Big: Castaway Stories

Stories about survivors of an airplane crash who eke out a challenging existence on an Island that has mysterious properties, including unexpected wildlife, unfriendly local inhabitants, and an imprisoned evil creature who is kept in place by a transfigured guardian who must be replaced at the story’s conclusion by one of the main characters:

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100 Moments where I Understood

One of the processes that is at work with any writing, and particularly fictional storytelling, is figuring out how to give your audience enough information to keep them grounded in what is going on, while at the same time raising questions in their minds that keep them interested. Continue reading 100 Moments where I Understood

Third Season Finales – As Good As It Gets?

Over the years, I’ve noticed that for a number of series, my favorite episode is the finale of the third season.  Or at the very least, the most memorable season finale was the third one. Continue reading Third Season Finales – As Good As It Gets?